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Don't Forget To Take An Umbrella

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Umbrella Shop London

Britain has a long-term love affair with the trusty umbrella, owing both to the unpredictability of our weather and our fixation for talking about it. Whether it’s April showers, festival season or our so-called ‘Indian summer’, you should never leave home without one. These days, it’s possible to get a weather report immediately from your handheld device or laptop relating to your exact location. But in days gone by, the Brits have had to rely on a mixture of physics and superstition to judge the need for an umbrella.

Whether it’s red sky in the morning, a seagull sitting on the sand or cows with tails to the east, the chance of the onset of rain is genuinely high, according to meteorology. However, there is little to be said for it being ‘clear by eleven if it rains before seven’ and certainly no meteorological truth behind ‘cats and dogs eating grass before rain’. Perhaps the most fabled day in the British calendar for weather forecasting is St. Swithin’s Day (15th July) on which day “…if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain, … if thou be fair, For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare.” We’ll let you be the judge of that one! Our advice is to take a brolly with you whatever the forecast – consider it a fashion accessory as much as a way of protecting you from the elements!

Get ready to face London’s unpredictable weather and check out our selection of the very best umbrellas that London can offer:

James Smith & Sons Umbrella Shop – the oldest umbrella shop in London. 
53 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BL

Billionaire Couture’s Umbrella– the world’s most expensive umbrella ($50,000).
9 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9LE

Swaine Adeney Brigg – for the classic, elegant umbrella.
54 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1JT

Fox Umbrellas – the first nylon umbrella producer.
240a Wickham Road, Shirley, Croydon, Surrey CR0 8BJ

Squid London – the most creative, these umbrellas change colour when it rains!




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